Ghoulish greetings from Count Gregula! Guess vhat? The beast time of year for fear is here once again! This scare season is already lurking to be a vast improvement over 2020 because most of the previously established haunted happenings including some brand new ominous offerings are scheduled to be open in 2021. Several fang-tastic fears and fall frights are already getting going this macabre month of September. Vonderful!
Keep scrolling this putrid post to view my annual deadly directory of a select few Chicagoland haunted happenings that offer some sinister scares, heinous horrors and terror treats. Be sure to check each individual site for exact times and dates of operation. I have each listing creepily categorized for your perusing pleasure. So, pick a place and have some fiendish fun getting frightened!
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13th Floor Chicago
Returning for an eerie eighth season of scares in Chicagoland, 13th Floor Chicago vill debut a new location vith two fiendishly fresh haunted attractions in forty-thousand square feet of fang-tastic fun at 5050 River Road in Schiller Park this fall. Near the Rosemont entertainment district, the new site vill feature two all-new shows: Bad Blood and Spirit of Halloween. Admission into both shows is included in one ticket purchase. The new location vill also feature a carnival-like midvay of games, photo opportunities, food and beverages.
The haunting season at 13th Floor Chicago vill run on select dates from September 24 until November 13, 2021. It is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are on sale now. Check out 13th Floor Chicago on Facebook and Instagram. For additional info and to purchase tickets, go HERE.
The Old Joliet Haunted Prison
The innovators of national haunted attractions, 13th Floor Entertainment Group, vill reanimate the historic old prison outside of Chicago this fiendish fall vith the debut of The Old Joliet Haunted Prison. Opening to the public on September 25, 2021. This new ominous offering vill be Chicagoland’s first and only haunted house inside an actual abandoned prison.
Originally built as a vomen’s prison in 1896, The Old Joliet Haunted Prison is located in the annex building at 401 Woodruff Road in Joliet, Illinois. The famed, long-abandoned prison has been referenced in numerous television, film, literature and songs. The prison closed in 2002, but is purportedly haunted vith real spooky specters. This fang-tastic fall, the grounds and interior of the prison vill be transformed into a breathtaking haunted house vith two attractions, The Forsaken and Ghost Chamber, for the price of one ticket. Check out the Haunted Prison on Facebook and Instagram. For additional info and to purchase tickets, go HERE.
Evil Intentions Haunted House
In Elgin’s industrial section stands the abandoned home of Elgin Casket Company. This once proud building has been vitness to murder, grisly discoveries, cult activities, and unexplained occurrences, and a dark legacy has emerged from its sordid history. Evil Intentions Haunted House now takes up residence at this completely unique location and nothing else is like it in the state of Illinois. Be truly terrorized at this multi-level 55,000 square foot paranormal hot spot. The horrific haunt offers a hex-perience you vill never forget and macabre memories that vill give you nightmares for years to come.
Located at 900 Grace Street in Elgin, Illinois. Parking is free in the adjacent lot across the street. Evil Intentions Haunted House opens to the public for shows beginning on September 24, 2021, and runs on select dates through October 31, 2021. General admission tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are also available for $50 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, click HERE.
Twisted Crypt Haunted House
After being closed in 2020, due to the global pandemic COVID-19, Twisted Crypt Haunted House is back for an eighth season! Located at 5420 East State Street in Rockford, Illinois. Locally owned and operated, Twisted Crypt Productions vas founded by Rockford natives Peter Dunn and Matt Johnson in 2013.
Twisted Crypt Haunted House is 10,000 square feet of indoor chaos, gore, mystery, mazes and interactive show rooms. You experience sights, sounds, smells and creatures lurking around every corner. Opening Night vas Friday September 17, 2021 and continues to run each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 31, 2021. For more information and to purchase tickets, go HERE.
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Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest
Bengtson Farm is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Festival that has served the Homer Glen area for over 38 years. The pumpkin festival is located just 40 minutes outside of Chicago. Enjoy attractions like Tractor Town, Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster, Free Selfie Booth, Gemstone Mining Sluice, Pumpkin Chucker, Pig Races, Animals & Petting Zoo, Train Rides (2), 90′ Mega Fun Slides, Frog Hopper, Pumpkins, Twirling Honey Pots, Happy Swing, Bengtsonville Kids Village, The Milking Cows, Jimmy Cracked Corn Box, Fun Barn, Haunted Barn and Pony Rides. Unlimited rides are included for all guests of the farm. Some rides have minimum height requirements. Vhen hungry be sure to visit their Eats and Treats that includes classic carnival food, a variety of food trucks and much more.
Located at 13341 W 151st St in Homer Glen, Illinois. Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is ADA-accessible, mostly outdoors and stroller friendly. Free parking in adjacent parking lot. Discounted veekday admission. Free to children 2 years and younger. The pumpkin farm opened to the public on September 17, 2021 and runs on select dates through October 31, 2021. Tickets starting at $13.99, depending upon date. Purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.
Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up
Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is popping back up this October and it’s better than ever! The Greatest Fall Interactive Pop-Up Experience returns to Chicago located on over 2 acres in Goose Island. For a limited time, join Jack’s for a larger than afterlife, outdoor, multi-sensory adventure in the bloody heart of Chicago. Spend an autumn night outside making macabre memories vhile you get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze vithout ever having to leave the city! Featuring axe throwing, an outdoor pumpkin-themed party vith dozens of themed Instagrammable memories, a one-of-a-kind hidden boo-zy bar located in the middle of a corn maze, festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and seasonal brews at 3 full service bars from pop-up sponsor, Samuel Adams.
Located at 1467 N Elston Ave in Chicago, Illinois. Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up vill offer festive experiences and seasonal events for all ages to capture fang-tastic fall memories. Open rain or shine. Tickets on sale now starting at $32, vith family and group packages available. The pumpkin pop-up opened to the public on September 23, 2021 and runs through October 31, 2021. Open daily from 4PM – 10PM. Veekends 12PM – 10PM. Times may vary for holidays and special events. Grab your tickets today at JacksPumpkinPopUp.com.
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